Detroit’s Greektown Casino, MotorCity, MGM Grand Bring Back Mask Mandate For The Holidays

Written By Matt Schoch on November 22, 2021 - Last Updated on November 23, 2021

After Michigan’s state health department issued a mask recommendation on Friday for indoor gatherings, Michigan casinos are starting to follow suit.

As of noon Tuesday, Detroit’s Greektown Casino, MotorCity Casino and MGM Grand Detroit are again requiring masks for all visitors 2 years and up, regardless of vaccination status.

The Detroit casinos join Gun Lake Casino in Wayland as Michigan casinos with mask mandates.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services issued the advisory, citing the coming holidays and the increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization numbers across the state. Michigan leads the nation in new coronavirus cases per population segment, according to weekend numbers released on Monday.

(Editor’s note: Check back to this page for updates on which Michigan casinos are requiring masks this holiday season.)

MotorCity will require masks on the casino floor, not at Sound Board

There is a loophole for visitors at MotorCity who are attending a show at Sound Board.

“At this time, this policy will not apply for guests while they are attending banquets or events in Sound Board,” the MotorCity website reads. “We’ll keep you updated as things develop.”

The casino floor mask mandate will be in effect indefinitely, according to the casino.

Masks required at MGM Grand, unless you’re eating, drinking

At MGM Grand, Michigan’s busiest casino, face masks were required starting at noon on Tuesday.

However, in an email to customers, the casino announced: “… please wear a face mask at all times unless you are actively eating or drinking. If you or your guest are in need of a face mask, one will be provided to you upon entry to our casino floor.”

As for Greektown, the casino had not published its guidelines on Tuesday. However, an operator at the casino confirmed the change to PlayMichigan.

More mask mandates could be on the way for Michigan casinos

Casinos across the state all shut down last year at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, then resumed operations in the second half of the year, mostly with restrictions.

Little River Casino Resort in Manistee recently had a mask mandate for all guests but rescinded it Oct. 1. Michigan tribal casinos, such as Gun Lake and Little River, are not under state mandates and usually use guidance from their own tribal health departments to make rules for their facilities.

More mask mandates could be on the way for Michigan casinos. Check back here for further updates.

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A Michigan native, Matt has worked at newspapers in Michigan, Missouri and the Virgin Islands. A versatile sports reporter, Matt has covered sailing on the Great Lakes, cricket in the Caribbean, high school and pro playoffs, and the Olympics in Rio. He's also the former host of the Locked On Pistons Podcast and producer of a documentary on Emoni Bates. A former blackjack dealer, Matt has studied the industry from all sides.

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